Shutdown 2013: Roosevelt National Park Closure Leaves Hole in Local Economy
A view of Roosevelt National Park from Buck Hill, the highest point in the park. Nic McPhee / Flickr
Nothing makes the shutdown’s impact feel more real than the gates closing on the park named after the grandfather of America’s national park system.
Officials say the temporary closure of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota because of the federal government shutdown leaves a hole in the area’s tourist attractions.
Medora Mayor Doug Ellison tells The Dickinson Press he hopes Congress reaches a budget agreement soon so the park can reopen. He says the park is a big attraction, and most area businesses depend on tourists.
Park officials put up signs Tuesday and told campers they had 48 hours to leave the park.
Acting park superintendent Meg Schwartz says four rangers will work during the shutdown to ensure the safety and security of the park’s facilities. The other 36 employees are getting time off without pay.
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